Roland JX-8P

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The JX-8P is a decent analog polysynth. It has 6 voices of polyphony, great MIDI implementation and patch storage as well as an external memory cartridge slot. Though it is far more advanced than its predecessor, the JX-3P, the JX-8P has its drawbacks. Hands-on programming is sacrificed and reduced to assigning the parameter you want to tweak to a data-slider near the pitch/mod bender. Enter the PG-800 controller which gives you total control of all the JX-8P's editable parameters with hands-on traditional slider control. Membrane buttons dominate the front panel of the JX-8P providing access to the various preset and user patches and to page through and assign editable parameters.

Professional features can still be found under the hood of the JX-8P. Its 61 note keyboard is velocity and aftertouch sensitive. Just like the Juno synthesizers it uses DCO's for a very stable system, however its sounds are a little thin and bright. It also features portamento, unsion and solo (monosynth) performance modes. It is used by Biosphere, 808 State, Tangerine Dream, The Shamen, Depeche Mode, Überzone, the Cure, Go West, Ozric Tentacles, Future Sound of London, Jean-Michel Jarre, Europe, and Jimmy Jam.

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137 Visitor comments
July 30, 2012 @ 9:05 pm
@Aaron: Also, you could hook it to a home stereo or boombox with various cabling methods. One (of a few) cabling solutions for hooking it to a home stereo system would be to purchase a 1/4" stereo to two RCA ends (stereo side's Left and Right speaker inputs)...

But ideally you'd want to use a "line level" cabling solution for an (amplified) home theater system. (Just ask if you need/want more info..?)
July 27, 2012 @ 2:48 pm
Yes Aaron, you need an amp.
July 22, 2012 @ 10:21 am
Silly question, do I need an amp to hear sound out of a jx-8p? I have one and while it 'boots' etc there is no sound. Thanks in advance.
May 30, 2012 @ 6:32 am
Not as bad as some say but the JX-3P sounds so much sweeter and pure... with much nicer filters and oscs
von Kalben
April 12, 2012 @ 10:36 am
Not very "trippy" or "far out", but imho it excels at something very basic: it sounds phantastic. in that respect it shares some similarities w/ juno 6, that does not pretend it can fly to mars, but convinces at what it does.

interface is another mid80s-button-job, but there are worse ones out there, this here is logically layed out and the rather big buttons help to make this not too fiddly.

@"It is all over Stock, Aiken and Waterman stuff."
you know what? no problem with that at all. it is a testament of its tonal quality. JX-8P is "hifi" and glossy, and thats just fine.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 DCO's per voice (12 oscillators)
  • Memory - 64 patches + External memory cartridges
  • Effects - Portamento
  • VCF - standard VCF
  • VCA - ADSR envelope
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - 61 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
  • Control - MIDI In/Out/thru
  • Date Produced - 1985

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